be a success
is not always to be a success individually.
In fact, most of the time
our successes as part of a team. That
is why I want to devote this issue to
the secrets of successful team.
are all part of teams. Our family
is a team. Our place
of work is a team. The community groups
we belong to are teams. Sometimes we are
leader or coach, while
other times we fulfill the role of follower,
or player. It is so important
then for us to understand teams and how
they work, especially those who achieve
success the achievement of their
life I have been on some successful
teams, and some not so successful teams.
This includes both athletically as well
as professionally. When I was growing
up, I worked for seven years with the
Seattle Supersonics, our local National
Basketball Association team. They were
at times unsuccessful,
and, in 1979, my second year working there,
the most successful team in the league,
the World Championship. I have been able
to see firsthand what makes the difference
between the unsuccessful teams and the
are some principles that I know, when
implemented on a regular basis, can turn
any lackluster team into an outstanding
one! These principles can be applied to
your family, your business, your organization,
and yes, your sports team. Enjoy.
The leader needs to communicate the vision.
If they are setting the pace, they need
to let people know where they are going
so that the team can follow. The
coach always does a pre-game talk,
laying out the vision.
leader communicates the vision frequently,
so as to always be updating the team as
to where they are at and what changes
need to be made. The coach doesnt
relegate the direction he gives to the
pre-game, he coaches and communicates
all the way through the game.
Watch a good basketball team. They are
talking to each other all of the time.
one another out, encouraging
one another, praising one another, and
telling each other how they can make changes
so the same mistakes
arent made again. The same is true
of successful teams in the professional
world and in life in general.
great teams are teams that are committed
to excellence. In everything they do,
is to achieve at the highest level.
And this commitment is held throughout
the team and at every level. A successful
team cannot have members who are not committed
to excellence because in the end they
will become the weak link.
If you want a fascinating read, pick up
The Power of Followership, by Robert Kelley.
The author basically makes the point that
the secret to getting things done lies
not only in great leadership, but in how
well the rest of the people, 99% of the
team, follows the leadership. Good teams
are filled with people who are committed
to following and getting the job done.
Pardon the Chicago Bulls analogy, but
it is so clear. When the game was on the
line, with only one shot left, everyone,
the coaches, the players, the 20,000 people
watching in the stadium, and millions
watching on TV, knew who would shoot the
last shot. That was Michael Jordans
team works best when the members of the
team have clearly defined and understood
roles. Some do one thing, others do another.
One isnt better or more important
than the other, just different. When teams
operate out of their strengths and their
roles, they win.
This brings me to strengths and weaknesses.
Every team member has strengths
and weaknesses. The successful teams are
those who on a regular and consistent
basis enable the members to operate out
of their strengths and not out of their
weaknesses. And what is one persons
strengths will cover anothers weakness.
This is teamwork, enabling all of the
bases to be covered.
The team that plays together stays together.
Is your team all work and no play? If
youre smart, that will change. Get
your team out of the office once a month
and go have
some fun. Enjoy one another. Enjoy
life. It will bring a sense of bonding
that cant be made even in winning.
Goals and Vision
I have found that these need to have three
aspects. Short, simple and clear.
you say it in less than 30 seconds? Is
it simple? Can you and others understand
it? Does the team all know what they are
working together for?
All through the game, successful
teams appreciate one another and show
it in a variety of ways. The coach shows
it to the players, the players show it
to the coach, and the players show it
to one another.
is a Successful Teams Checklist
for you to evaluate with.
there communication between coach and
players and from player to player?
your team committed to excellence?
those on the team know what it means
everyone on my team know their specific
the individuals on our team regularly
operate out of their strengths as opposed
to their weaknesses?
our team take a break from time to time
to just have fun together?
we understand our common goals and vision?
Can we all state it (them)?
there a sense of and communication of
genuine appreciation among my team?
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